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Honda used May 2012 to slightly expand the lead of America’s best-selling utility vehicle over the second-ranked Ford Escape. The Ford is now almost 25,000 sales behind the very popular Honda.

Six brands are represented in this list of America’s 10 favourite SUVs and crossovers. Honda, Chevrolet, and Nissan go it alone with the CR-V, Equinox, and Rogue. Ford landed the Escape in second, the Explorer fifth, and the Edge in seventh place. 876 of the Explorers sold were Police Interceptors. Two Toyotas – the RAV4 and Highlander – recorded huge gains over the tsunami-affected May of last year to finish fourth and tenth. Jeep’s Wrangler and Grand Cherokee finished May as the sixth and seventh-best-selling SUVs in the United States.

The Escape was the only vehicle in the top 10 not capable of improving on last year’s sales figures. In May 2011, Ford Escape sales had risen 21% from May 2010 levels. Cars.com is presently reporting inventory below 1000 for the new 2013 Escape. There are more than 28,000 2012 models in stock.

These were the 10 best-selling SUVs in America in May 2012. Historical monthly and yearly sales figures for these ten vehicles and every other nameplate currently on sale in North America can be accessed through the first dropdown menu at GoodCarBadCar’s Sales Stats home.

Rank
Best-Selling SUV
May 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
#1
Honda CR-V
25,186 + 54.4% 123,400 + 29.3%
#2
Ford Escape
23,077 – 0.3% 98,667 – 1.7%
#3
Chevrolet Equinox
20,238 + 15.1% 90,097 + 15.7%
#4
Toyota RAV4
19,248 + 123% 74,309 + 16.0%
#5
Ford Explorer
15,538 + 16.7% 63,269 + 14.2%
#6
Jeep Wrangler
14,454 + 44.4% 56,410 + 34.5%
#7
Jeep Grand Cherokee
13,274 + 40.0% 62,611 + 37.9%
#8
Nissan Rogue
11,977 + 72.0% 60,839 + 20.7%
#9
Ford Edge
11,749 + 23.9% 55,177 + 9.7%
#10
Toyota Highlander
11,657 + 103% 47,065 + 15.9%

Source: Manufacturers
Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales

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